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Let Manchester flourish, pleads Bernstein

LEP just the beginning, says city chief exec

Published on October 28th 2010.

Let Manchester flourish, pleads Bernstein

Manchester City Council chief executive confirmed the region’s successful bid to become a local enterprise partnership (LEP) at a meeting of Pro Manchester today (Thursday).

Sir Howard said the news did not mean a huge raft of funding from the government, and that the LEP would have to ‘create its own value’ by linking up with the private sector.

“The line (from government) on funding was clear – there isn’t any,” he said. “Greater Manchester has to bring forward its own proposals to harness regional growth fund money.”

He said the region would have to face up to having less and the prospect of a centralisation of resources was ‘a real threat.’

“There are tensions between strategic narratives about localism and operational delivery models being nationalised,” he said. “Nationalised delivery models don’t work.

“The confirmation of Greater Manchester as an LEP is an important step forward but now we have to get our heads around how we make the transition from regional development agencies, and we have to do that quickly.”

Sir Howard also said the government needed to back Manchester as an economic driver for the north of England, and allow the city region to develop its infrastructure.

“We need ‘Brand Manchester’ to be allowed to be taken outside the UK. The government must back success and if it wants the North to be active and productive, and help the national economy, Manchester and Greater Manchester must be allowed to fulfil its potential.

“Manchester must continue to put its best foot forward.”

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Bob DylanOctober 30th 2010.

Times they are a changin' - NWDA (Labour) out, LEP (Haseltine) in.

AnonymousNovember 1st 2010.

Not much localism, Big Society or democracy here.

"John Early who chairs Greater Manchester´s Business Leadership Council and who will chair the Shadow LEP said: " We want to start work right away and ensure that we have the best possible functional base to make a real difference; we see our new partnership exercising more influence, if not control, over inward investment and business support; ensure skills and employment, planning, housing and transport policies are properly co-ordinated and focussed upon the specific needs of Greater Manchester."

I thought we had created a City Region to do all of this and a lot more?

What part will Howard play in this I wonder?

Ali McGNovember 1st 2010.

Bring back GMC I say and centralise everything in GM. Why have 10 sets of everything when we could have one of each? We centralise transport (GMITA/GMPTE), but why not bins, council taxes, schooling, libraries, street lighting, health, housing, etc? Seems so wasteful to have 10 boroughs on top of each other with 10 sets of services...

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